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Man accused in Preston County murder waives preliminary hearing

KINGWOOD, W.Va. — The Detroit man charged with first degree murder in the shooting death of a Maryland man in Preston County has waived his preliminary hearing in magistrate court and the case has been forwarded to a grand jury.

Damon Hudgens (WVRJA)

Damon Lamont Hudgens, 21, is accused of ordering the kidnapping of Jimmy Lee Barkley, 41, from his Oakland, Maryland home to a remote cabin in Preston County where court documents say Hudgens shot him for “retribution.”

According to authorities, Andrew Wassick, 24, of Morgantown, Dashawn Scott, 25 and Roy Cheshire, 20, located Barkley in Oakland on Oct. 12, brought him to the cabin and turned him over to Hudgens. Shortly after they turned Barkley over to Hudgens multiple gunshots were reported. Authorities said Barkley died in the early morning hours of Oct. 13.

Wassick, Scott and Cheshire have been charged with kidnapping and assault.

Barkley’s body was recovered after information was gathered during a separate drug raid.

That information was given to Preston County sheriff’s detectives who, along with a K-9 officer, found Barkley’s body and turned the crime scene over to state police.

Hudgens remains in the North Central Regional Jail without bail.

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